'Overjoyed': Gary and Jordan Ablett's heartwarming announcement

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Gary and Jordan Ablett have announced the birth of their second child and first daughter, Grace. Picture: Instagram/jordan_ablett
Gary and Jordan Ablett have announced the birth of their second child and first daughter, Grace. Picture: Instagram/jordan_ablett

Retired AFL superstar Gary Ablett Jr and his wife have announced the birth of their second child, Grace Honour Ablett.

Taking to Instagram to share the news, Jordan Ablett posted a picture of Gary cradling the newborn on Thursday afternoon.

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"We are overjoyed to share with you all that our precious boy, Levi, has become a big brother to his very own little sister; Grace," she captioned the post.

"Grace Honour Ablett. 10.11.21.

"Thank you God for sending this little angel—our beautiful daughter—into our family."

The news came as a massive shock for fans, with the Abletts never publicly announcing that they were expecting.

The couple have previously been candid about their difficult journey after the birth of Levi two years ago, and his subsequent diagnosis with a rare degenerative disease.

Jordan has spoken openly about the family's year from hell in 2020, often providing touching updates about Levi's experiences in hospital, since his diagnosis last July.

“I just remember sitting with Gaz in that meeting and when they said it I just remember absolutely breaking down,” Jordan told Mardi Dangerfield and Hester Brown in an interview for The Significant Other’s Podcast.

“It’s one thing to receive a diagnosis which just confirms that Levi has a rare and degenerative disease, however it’s another thing to understand that it is life-threatening and that’s like a whole other ball game and a whole other situation in itself because that stuff you just can’t prepare for.

“There is a very short life expectancy which is why I constantly say to people when they ask about Levi that we are literally just taking it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds.”

The Abletts first spoke about Levi's plight before they relocated to Queensland when Melbourne-based AFL teams were forced out of Victoria at the height of the COVID-19 crisis in 2020.

Jordan said they initially wanted to keep the diagnosis to themselves, but spoke publicly for a number of reasons.

“The week we announced it, that was the week that the boys then moved into the hub, so he was going with them and he wasn’t sure how long he would stay,” she said.

“He thought it would be a good idea also to put that out there so people had a bit of an understanding, so that if he decided to leave, I can guarantee you that unless they knew what the reasons were, it was ‘Why is Gaz leaving the hub?’" 

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Jordan and Gary were both ambassadors for the Good Friday Appeal earlier this year.

"I’m so honoured to be working with the Good Friday Appeal as an Ambassador in their momentous 90th year of giving for the kids," Jordan wrote on Instagram.

"My family and I have experienced first hand how important the @goodfridayappeal is to ensuring @rchmelbourne can continue to provide world class care to our beautiful children.

"Having seen Levi be cared for and loved on by such incredible doctors, nurses and hospital staff, this Appeal holds an extra special place in my heart."

Jordan revealed how she and Gary were reluctant at first to share photos of Levi on social media but the couple have been overwhelmed by the number of inspirational messages of support.

The doting mum also posted a touching message about how much joy Levi brought to their lives, and how positive he remains in spite of the heartbreaking circumstances.

“He (Levi) is so precious and still just as smiley and determined as ever,” Jordan said.

“I truly love being his mother.

“We’re taking his health one day at a time and just really enjoying him and parenthood.

“Ultimately, our focus is family.

“Investing in one another and our little man is and always will be our number one priority.

“We don’t ever want to hide his light from the world but instead, we want to allow him to shine brightly in the hope that someone else’s life will (through him) become much brighter.”

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